Wow. Look at these haunting comments I found online:
"I can do anything I want to do, but I don't want to do anything"
"I coasted through high school and university and am struggling with real life work"
"I don't even have the self discipline to cut back…"
Author of the New York Times bestseller
"I Will Teach You To Be Rich."
Why do we live in the most privileged time in history, yet we can't seem to decide what to do with our lives?
The more and more I look around, I see friends – really smart people – crippled by anxiety, too many choices, and no guidebook to make the right decisions.
How many people do you know that genuinely want to be successful? That are willing to put in the work (and they really mean it)? I know a LOT.
But each time we try, it's like a yo-yo – we eagerly start, hit a roadblock, lose motivation, then beat ourselves up for not finishing.
Over and over and over again.
This isn't about some new productivity tool. Looking for "motivational hacks" doesn't help. Deep down inside, we know it's about us – and the way we can't seem to follow through.
How do we get out of the rut?
Why are we even in it?
For the first time ever, we can decide what we want to do with our lives – supposedly.
We're told that if we want to start a tech company, we can do it! Just like Mark Zuckerberg.
If we want to start a funny YouTube channel on how to apply makeup, we can do that – and make a pretty good living doing it.
And if we want to get a comfortable job and use our free time to follow our passions, we can, right?
Best of all, we can start over and try something new every few years!
So why is it so hard to decide what we want to do?
Because in a world of infinite choice, making a single decision becomes increasingly tough.
Our parents don't get it. They look at us, confused, and furrow their brow. "You should be lucky to have all these job offers. When I was a kid…"
In fact, I vividly remember a family friend lecturing me on how I should work at Procter & Gamble. "You'll retire with a million dollars in your bank account," he bragged. A million? 40 years from now? It was one of the last things I wanted to think about.
And so we're confronted with choice after choice…and who can really understand our situation?
It's not just you. Check these comments out.
"I have never had a clear idea of what I want"
"I am constantly stressed about taking the wrong choices in life"
"…I'd get overwhelmed at all I'd have to do"
It's like the first week in college. Everywhere you go, there are clubs, groups, new classes, events…it's almost impossible to choose!
Now multiply that by 50 for real life: Which city should you live in? What job should you take? What about a side job? Where are we going out this Friday? When are you getting married?
It's no surprise that we find it tough to follow through on things. Psychologists know that willpower is like a muscle that gets "used up" throughout the day.
And unlike any other time in history, we're faced with more temptation than ever before. More ads. More text messages. More Facebook invites.
How many decisions do we make every day by 10am? And that's just in a day. Forget about making major life decisions.
It's easy for people to tell us to "buckle down" and focus. THEY didn't grow up in a time where you could read about octopuses, political bias in the middle ages, and the origin of corn — all within 3 clicks of Wikipedia!
They didn't have FOMO — a fear of missing out. How could they even understand?
And yet, we can't just blame all these choices. All these options were supposed to let us choose whatever we wanted, like a buffet. But if we can't follow through on all these options, what's the point?
Try to imagine you woke up with a SHARP PAIN in your tooth. What would you do?
Obvious: Go to the dentist that day.
But what if you have a dull pain in your mouth? After a while, you get used to it.
And that's exactly what happens with our anxiety:
"No matter how much work I put into something, it'll never be good enough"
"I'll do that tomorrow…"
"I really don't know if I can ever change"
You know the worst part?
We're the first person who gives up on ourselves!
After a lifetime of making promises we never follow up on, we stop trusting ourselves. We tell our friends, "Yeah, we should get together!"
But as we say it, we know we're never going to do it.
We complain to our friends about money, or our weight. "I should really do that…"
But we know we won't.
Ironically, our friends and family still believe in us. They nudge us, support us, help us with each new idea we try.
But after a while, you can see it in their eyes. You tell them the new thing you're "thinking of" doing…and there's the briefest roll of their eyes.
Oh, here we go again…another thing he's gonna start (and never finish).
And soon, it's not just about calling ourselves lazy. We actually become lazy.
These slips of the tongue become self-fulfilling prophecies. When I was 5'11" and 127lbs (yes, it's true), I used to say, "I can't gain weight like those big white guys." How stupid does that sound?
Yet it kept me from actually changing myself for years and years — until I finally decided to get help to gain weight and look like a normal human being.
Just like I used to do, we give up on ourselves. Oh sure, we say we're going to try…but our own self-talk betrays us. "I'm just lazy" is just as bad as "I'm a skinny Indian guy." Both are excuses for us to give up on ourselves.
And when we give up on ourselves…why should anyone else care?
This isn't about productivity tips or "life hacks." We've tried everything — to-do lists, reminders, getting motivated.
It all lasts for a while, and then we go back to doing exactly the same thing we've always done.
"I've tried to better myself before…
Nothing has worked so far"
"I am afraid if I stop, I will never start back up again"
"I burn out and end up moving on to something new"
"I want to make people in my life proud.
I want to make myself proud"
"I am very lazy"
"After a week or two of practice I lose interest so fast"
But there's a better way…
I got tired of 60-year-old people telling us to "suck it up" and "be lucky you even have options."
And after going through years of being indecisive, paralyzed by too many options, and feeling guilty for not following through, I finally cracked the code.
This formula helped me write a New York Times bestselling book. It helped me build a solid business, with apartments in San Francisco and New York.
Even more fundamentally, it helped me build a team, create amazing systems, and cut through the millions of possibilities — AND GET STARTED ON ONE THING!
And the ability to "turn off the voices" in my head telling me I should be doing 10 other things.
I want you to have access to this same material. And now you can.
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One last thing. I have a simple goal for you: to trust yourself.
How many of us say, "Yeah, we should hang out soon!" knowing full well we're not going to follow up with that person?
How many of us are AFRAID to try something new…because we're sure we won't follow through again?
What a shame. What a waste.
None of us WANTS to call ourselves lazy. Nobody wakes up saying, "Yeah! Today I'm going to let all the possibilities in the world overwhelm me and stay stagnant! Happy Monday!"
Most of us are genuinely willing to put in the work to do it. But who guides us?
Our parents? They grew up in a different time. They didn't have the possibilities (and predicaments) we have.
Our friends? Most of them are going through the very same things we are.
My goal has been to help shine a light on the possibilities of your very best self. To show you that sometimes, you need a gentle nudge to make sense of all the options we have. And as a guy who grew up with all the same challenges you did, I've had to make sense of it myself.
When you do this — when you use The Finisher's Formula — not only will you understand how to choose the right things amidst the universe of possibilities, but you'll also learn to trust yourself.
To know that when you say you'll do something, you'll actually follow through.
To have the confidence to say "no" when something isn't the right fit for you — without feeling guilty.
And to relabel yourself from "lazy" to someone who's built the SKILL of getting things done.
Every day we're not improving our skills, we're deteriorating. And each time you call yourself "lazy" or "confused," you hammer the nail deeper in the coffin. Every day you don't move forward, there's a cost. After years of being confused and stagnant, it's easy to begin thinking you're just the kind of person who can't get things done.
Years ago, I did it. I had all kinds of excuses for why I couldn't get things done. I berated myself…I labeled myself…I envied others. But finally, after years of self-work, when I cracked The Finisher's Formula, I learned I could change myself from the outside in.
A year from now, I'd like you to be that person. One of the comments above really stood out to me. They said, "I want to make people in my life proud. I want to make myself proud." The material in The Finisher's Formula can show you exactly how.
But I can only lead you there. You have to take the first step.